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I'm on vacation this week, but was working on a post about the evolution of antibodies to be posted yesterday. Unfortunately, what greeted me when I turned on my computer thursday was this:


I'm actually a little surprised at how well I'm handling it, I would have expected that I'd be a wreck. Maybe it's my current idyllic location, or watching season 5 of Six Feet Under to give me perspective, or maybe it's the fact that I just decided to to a time-machine back up for the first time just before I left (which means, barring a meltdown on my external hard drive, the worst case is that I'll loose is a handful of photos and my antibodies post), but I'm not actually that worried. All of my data lives in at least one other location, so even though it would be a bit of a pain to re-make figures, even without the back-up, none of the raw data would be lost. Hopefully (probably), I'll be able to recover everything. Until then though, I think I'll go swimming in the lake, and be grateful that computer trouble is what currently passes for tragedy in my life.

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